May 23, 1986

Neurogenetics: Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

University of Utah Medical Center Salt Lake City


by Roger N. Rosenberg, 324 pp, with illus, $49.50, New York, Raven Press, 1986.

JAMA. 1986;255(20):2820-2821. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370200122047

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Information is accumulating so rapidly in the field of neurogenetics that practitioners may feel overwhelmed and unable to grasp the practical applications of these new discoveries. Several textbooks have emerged that attempt to bridge the gap between basic science and technology and clinical practice. Rosenberg's text is the most recent effort to bring a clinical overview to the broad and complex field of neurogenetics.

The book is divided into two sections. The first five chapters describe many of the principles of genetics and review the technological advances that are reshaping the field. An excellent chapter on molecular genetics describes recombinant DNA techniques and reviews the principles of linkage and application of various DNA probes. This first section of the book is informative and contains the kind of basic information one needs to begin to understand modern genetics.

The second section, making up over two thirds of the book, deals with